Munson Falls is one of those places in Tillamook County that I rarely go to, usually just drive by. But despite it's small, humble size, it is still a wonderful place to visit, especially in the fall.
The park can be found along HWY 101, approximately 7 miles south of Tillamook. Signs along the Highway will notify you where to turn.
The waterfall, at 319 feet, is the tallest in the Coastal Range. It is the centerpiece to the 62 acre state natural site. This is also a great place for a quick picnic.
A short hike leads you along Munson Creek for approximately 1/4 of a mile. The hike is relatively easy, it is not wheel chair accessible. There is a small uphill section about half way down the trail.
Although the waterfall itself is the main attraction, take the time to enjoy the forest around you. Sitka Spruce, Western Hemlock, Western Red Cedar, and Big Leaf Maple can be found in the park canopy. A thick underbrush is filled with ferns, salal, and more. In the spring and summer, keep your eyes open for trillium and other wild flowers.
During the fall, leaves begin to change and fall, adding earthly colors to the scenery. Fall also brings the return of rains, which bring back a much more impressive falls. According to the Oregon State Park site, this is also a spawning ground for Salmon.
Swing by when you get a chance and enjoy this hidden gem!